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NEWORLEANS -- They won't be the Krewe, the Hurricanes, the Jesters or even the Jazz. The New Orleans Hornets will officially announce their name change to the Pelicans, adopting the state bird as the team's mascot, and reveal the team's new colors at a Thursday press conference, according to the report from Yahoo! Sports.

'The new nickname, colors and logo will be used during the 2013-14 season. The colors will be blue, gold and red. Yahoo! Sports first reported the expected change Dec. 4. The Hornets had been expected to change their identity since being purchased by Tom Benson on April 14,' said Marc J. Spears.

Team owner Tom Benson hasn't been shy about his desire to change the team's name from the Hornets, saying 'We want to change the name from the Hornets to something that means New Orleans, La.,' he said shortly after buying the team. 'The Hornets don't mean anything.'

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